SkillsActive is very pleased to announce the success of their funding bid to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) for the development of a register for playwork professionals.
For many years the playwork sector (playworkers, employers, play associations) have expressed a need to gain recognition for their work from the wider public, government and regulatory bodies such as Ofsted.
The establishment of a professional register for playworkers aims to recognise the importance of the role playworkers perform in the provision of play opportunities. These opportunities are available through adventure playgrounds, after school clubs and holiday play schemes, inclusive of those catering for disabled children. The register will also provide much needed re-assurance to parents or carers that the staff working with their children (aged 4 - 16 years) are appropriately qualified.
Funding has been awarded for development of the register in England but plans are underway to explore how this can be rolled out across the UK. Lesli Godfrey, SkillsActive's Strategic Lead for Playwork, says, "I am thrilled that we've managed to secure this funding. It's important that the playwork sector is recognised for the very valuable contributions playworkers make to the lives of our children. I believe the establishment of a professional body will really put playwork on the map and raise the profile of playwork within the children's workforce."